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1. The medina

2. The fortified mosque

3. Ribat for religious wars

4. The popular beach

5. Kasbah

6. City museum

7. Traditional museum of Kalaout el-Koubba

8. Old days' upper class mansion

9. Zaouia Zakkak

10. Catacombs

11. Medina shopping

12. Modern town

13. Night life

14. Bird's view


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The fortified mosque
Sousse, Tunisia

Coming through the main gate, you face the prayer hall. This is off limits for non-Muslims.

Sousse, Tunisia

Few old major mosques have seen fewer alterations than the main mosque of Sousse. The result is, that compared to other Tunisian mosques, it appears to be incomplete. Because, where is the tall minaret?
This mosque was built in the 9th century, while a domed kiosk (lowest picture) was added in the 11th, and serves as a minaret.
The style of the mosque is simple, reflecting the religious attitudes and life styles of the rulers of Sousse back then.
Sousse, Tunisia

Broad stairway leading up to the "minaret".
Sousse, Tunisia

The courtyard is covered with marble.

Sousse, Tunisia

Looking at the "minaret".

By Tore Kjeilen